Barry Goldwater Speaks Out
Producer UPI NewspixAudio/Visual sound, b&w
March 23, 2009
The more I find out about Goldwater....
He ran against the Democrats promising if we were in Vietnam by the end of 1965 he would withdraw the troops if we hadn't won. The Democrats said we weren't going to Nam. He lost.
And we went to Nam.
What would America be like today if we had left Vietnam at the end of 1965? Oh well....
September 25, 2008
A fun little tour around with Mr. Personality himself, Barry Goldwater as he tours around New Hampshire offering up lots of tasty sound bites. (like the one about how he doesnt believe in Inflation). He also doesnt believe in foreign aid, which is surprising now, but back then this was a brand new thing the US was doing (Kennedy was the first to champion it I believe.) But the real story, and the one truest to my heart, is the images of small town politics, which is great. This was a fun little romp.
September 7, 2008
Maverick Arizona Senator
This 1964 Goldwater campaign film is a very timely release as 2008's US Presidental election features Goldwater's political heir. Goldwater was the father of conservative politics of the Reagan and GW Bush administrations, and was responsible for driving many moderates out of the party, much like GW Bush has done. Modern Republican talking points are there: free enterprise good, Social Security bad, foreign military aid good, foreign humanitarian aid bad. Ironically, Goldwater claims that US foreign policy has deteriorated "until today we watch almost daily the slippage of the United States around the world as more and more and more countries begin to disbelieve us, begin to distrust us." That statement could certainly have been made by any Democrat in the last two US presidental elections, but it is hard to sell that charge against the Kennedy administration.